LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday issued notices to the government and others for August 27 on a petition challenging the appointment of Aitchison College board of governors (BoGs) and change in its admission policy.
Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza issued the order on a petition filed by Sarah Khan and some other former Aitchisonians.
Their lawyer accused the government of nepotism while appointing BoG members. He said 19 people were appointed. They include Sardar Ali Sadiq, son of the National Assembly speaker, Advocate Mustafa Ramday, son of Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, Information Technology Board chairman Umar Saif, Syed Babar Ali and Dr Pervez Hasan.
The lawyer said the board had changed the admission policy on the pretext of promoting merit. Various quotas, including kinship, were also abolished by the board, he said. The lawyer said students from outside Lahore had now less chances of securing admission. “By changing the policy in June last year, the board admitted 75 students… and passed 47 others who had failed the entrance test.” He said the policy was in conflict with Article 25-A of the Constitution. He requested the court to annul all impugned acts of the BoGs and direct the college to revise its K-II lists in accordance with earlier-notified admissions criteria for 2014.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2014.